Dec 132014
 

Yaaaaaasss!!! Two Celebrity Beauty Pros in one class. AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster have been touring the country and they stopped in Houston a couple nights ago! :-)

AJ Crimson On The Go Tour Flyer

This is a 12 city tour that initially began with Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson educating his fans on his AJ Crimson Pro products and makeup techniques.  Before the St. Louis stop, Celebrity Lash Guru Ja’Maal Buster was added to the tour to facilitate lash techniques and to meet his “Lash Barbies”.  What an amazing combo!!!!

BeutyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster speaking to the Houston class for the On The Go Tour

The event was held at The MUA Project (side note, if you’re anywhere near the Houston area and you’re a Pro Makeup Artist or even a Makeup Lover, you NEED to stop by this awesome store).BeautyByLeRenda The MUA Project Sign It was a packed house.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ and JaMaal OTR Tour attendees 1BeautyByLeRenda Kimmie taking a selfie at the AJ Crimson JaMaal Buster On The Run TourBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and JaMaal Buster attendees for Houston On The Go Tour

Before doing makeup and Lash applications, both AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster gave their fans a summary of their backgrounds, which are truly inspiring.  They gave advice and shared some interesting tips to motivate everyone.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Greeting the classBeautyByLeRenda Ja'Maal Buster talking to the attendees of the On The Go Tour Houston

AJ went first with the Makeup Application.  He asked for volunteers and chose a young lady named Resha to be his model.

BeautyByLeRenda Resha the volunteer Model for AJ taking off her makeupBeautyByLeRenda AJ Telling attendees about the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations

He began by explaining to us the benefits of his AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundations.  Then he moisturized her face and applied the Banana Creme makeup to highlight.

BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the Beauty Blender BeautyByLeRenda AJ Criimson explaining his highlighting technique

AJ showed us how he mixes the AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation colors to really work with the skin.  He explained how to use different shades to bring dimension to the face.  BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson using the AJ Crimson Pro CremeBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on model 1BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson applying AJ Crimson Pro Creme Foundation on Model pic 2BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson's Model Resha showing how pretty her skin looks

He also informed us that he doesn’t mind using other brands as well to complete a great look.  He often uses Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in either 1 or 2 to create a glowing effect to the skin

Aj using Tom Ford Shade and Iluminate

Next he added his brand new Lip and Cheek color palette. BeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson holding his Lip and Cheek Color PaletteAJ used the peach color on Resha’s cheeksBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson Lip and Cheek Palette used in On The Go Tour I’ve been waiting months to see this palette in real life.  Please excuse the blurry picture. I captured this as it was literally being passed  around the class so that we could see the palette close up.

He finished with the eyes. 20141211_202814

And to top it off he took selfies with Resha, his model for the night. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda AJ Crimson and his model Resha taking a selfie Make sure to check out  part 2 of my AJ Crimson and Ja’Maal Buster “On The Go” Tour Recap to see highlights from Ja’Maal’s segment. :-)

Jan 262014
 

EcoTools Lash ContanerI received these lashes as a Klout Perk a few months ago with this Eco Tools Kit. I like the fact that it gives you directions.EcoTools Lash Container backThe packaging is so cute. I love that these lashes look like they’re on a mannequin.

EcoTools Lashes This set comes with “tools” to make it easier to apply your false lashes. There’s a container of lash glue as well as a spoolie/lash tool. EcoTools Lash GlueThe glue isn’t a squeeze tube. It actually has a plastic applicator

EcoTools Lash with Glue It doesn’t show up at first, but for some reason this glues seems to turn an iridescent blue color when applied to the lash strip.  It’s both cool and strange. Ha ha! :-)EcoTools Lashes On Open EyeThese lashes are very natural. On the package it states they’re great for everyday wear.
EcoTools Lash Left side looking downEcoTools lashes 1 eye up One of the downsides of the lashes was that with a flash, they appear very shiny, almost like plastic. Another downside is that the strip is kind of stiff so it makes it harder to bend to fit the lashes on your eye.  Last thing I don’t like is the design.  I get that they want the lashes to wisp at the outer ends, but I don’t like how the lashes are lighter and thinner on the inner corner.  When you put them on, it appears that you only have on half a strip.

Overall, they’re okay. Not dramatic enough for me but they’re better than not doing anything.  I’m guessing these lashes will stand out a lot more with mascara on top.  I didn’t apply any because I wanted to give a true review.  I may reapply them for another look.

Jan 032014
 

Rimmel The Max Volume Flash Mascara I took a chance when I tried this mascara.  I hadn’t heard any reviews and didn’t take any time to look it up.  I saw that it was on sale for $2 at H.E.B. grocery store and decided to give it a try.  Rimmel Max Volume Mascara brush I’ve been using it for a while now and it does a pretty good job.  I recently posted a look while using it when I created my FOTD with Ofra and Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  To see that post click here.Rimmel Max Flash Mascara on one eye

Rimmel Max Flash Mascara on lashes close

It’s ok.  It’s not the best mascara I’ve ever used but it’s definitely not the worse.  It got the job done.  I mean, it was only $2 so my expectations weren’t that high anyway.  Not sure that I’d buy it again, but  I don’t regret that I took a chance on it.

Feb 282013
 

I tried something a little different this weekend for my makeup.  I’ve heard several makeup artists combining more than one lash to create dramatic effects but I’d never done it.  I figured I’d give it a try.

FOTD Double Lash Look full faceFOTD Double lashes looking down and rt

FOTD Left side with double lashesI used Ardell #120 Lashes, which are currently my favorite lashes.  If in Texas, you can get them from H.E.B. I’ve seen prices range from $2.35-2.60.  I also see them at Kroger’s grocery store for $2.67.

FOTD 2-23-13 left side viewHere’s what I used to create this look below:

Face

  1. Maybeline BB Cream in Dark
  2. Loreal Magic Perfection Base
  3. MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Before and after makeup)
  4. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Rich Carmel (certain spots)
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Lasting Matte Pressed Powder in Golden
  6. MAC Vanilla Pigment as cheek highlight
  7. NARS Exhibit A Blush on Cheek Bones
  8. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze as Cheek Contour
  9. Skindinavia No More Shine Finishing Spray

Eyes

  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand (used to carve out brow and under eye highlight)
  3. MAC Naked Pigment mixed with white from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette as brow highlight
  4. Orange shadow from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette in the crease
  5. MAC Grease Paint Stick in Purple on the lid as a base blended to crease
  6. Clinique eyeshadow in Royal Rush on inner lid
  7. Dark Purple shadow from Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette on outer lid
  8. Elf Cream liner in Black as top liner
  9. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes pencil 20L on lower lash line
  10. Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion in Waterline.
  11. Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
  12. Ardell #120 Lashes 2 pair on each eye

Lips

  • Make Up Forever Aqua lip pencil in #11C
  • Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink in the center
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